Funding Opportunities

Updated January 14, 2021      

ARTS LEADERS OF COLOR EMERGENCY FUND Set up by the Arts Administrators of Color Network this fund supports US-based BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. Apply to receive funds or donate. 


WEBINAR: HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANTS – JANUARY 20 Join California Humanities for an informational session about the next Humanities for All Quick Grant deadline (February 15, 2021).


WEBINAR: PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM 2.0 – JANUARY 21 The PPP 2.0 loan application process runs January 11 through March 31, 2021. The PPP 2.0 includes two avenues for accessing funds: First Draw Loans and Second Draw Loans. Learn more about eligibility and the application with this informative webinar hosted by CalNonprofits.


HUMANITIES FOR ALL PROJECT GRANTS – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 1 Project Grants ($10,000 to $20,000) are awarded twice a year to large scale public humanities projects of up to two-years duration from the award date. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities.



The California Arts Council's Impact Projects grant program intends to support collaborative projects that center artists and artistic practice in responding to issues facing California at this time. Impact Projects grants support arts organizations for collaborations between local artist(s) and community members to develop and express their own creative and artistic goals and address a community-defined need. Collaborative projects will utilize various creative practices to impact social issues affecting their communities, including but not limited to systemic/structural racism, education, poverty, health disparities, housing insecurity, violence, food insecurity, cultural/social justice, intergenerational learning, environmental sustainability, and the digital divide. Applicant organizations can request up to $18,000 for the grant period.


CAC JUMP STARTS - APPLY BY FEBRUARY 11 The California Arts Council's JUMP StArts program supports arts and culture education, apprenticeship and or mentorship via artists-in-residence programs for at-promise youth and young people through the age of 24. Activities may take place during or outside of traditional school hours in state- or county-operated correctional facilities; public settings; online; and in arts and culture venues, community centers, school sites, youth centers, and intergenerational settings. Projects should prioritize system-engaged youth or youth who are especially vulnerable to being engaged in or by the justice system, and the project should be tailored specifically to respond to their needs. Applicant organizations can request $2,500 for a planning grant and/or up to $50,000 for a full project grant.


HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANTS – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 15 Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) are awarded three times a year to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation.


ARTS & CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS GENERAL OPERATING RELIEF  APPLY BY FEBRUARY 17 The California Arts Council's Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief grant program intends to provide relief funding to arts and cultural organizations who have experienced economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may be used to support any eligible expenses associated with the general operations of an arts or cultural organization, including but not limited to rent, utilities, and staff salaries. General Operating grants are intended to support the applicant organization in carrying out its mission. Funding is not intended to support a specific project. Applicant organizations can request up to $30,000.


NEW: CALIFORNIA GRANTS PORTAL  The California State Library is excited to announce the launch of the California Grants Portal. Billions of dollars in grant opportunities from dozens of state departments and agencies can now be easily accessed and opportunities can be filtered by keywords or categories. The Grants Portal also makes it possible to search by eligible applicant types, including nonprofit organizations, public agencies, businesses, tribal governments, and others.